Gangtok, Sikkim

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CM inaugurates New Tashiling Secretariat, departments to complete office shifting by Jan 2

CM inaugurates New Tashiling Secretariat, departments to complete office shifting by Jan 2
Wed, Dec 5, 2018

PANKAJ DHUNGEL

GANGTOK: Chief Minister Pawan Chamling on Tuesday inaugurated the new Tashiling Secretariat here built at a cost of Rs. 264.30 crore.
The eight-storeyed building will serve as the epicentre of the administrative complex with the Chief Minister’s office at the 5th floor of the building.
Terming the Tashiling Secretariat as a structure with projection of Sikkim, the Chief Minister said: “The structure upholds the culture and history of Sikkim that outsiders visiting the secretariat can see and understand. There was a debate over the name change of Tashiling Secretariat as Civil or State Secretariat, but keeping the sentiment and history intact, the name was not changed. This is the third structure to be constructed at the site.”
The previous secretariat was damaged during the September 18, 2011 earthquake. The State government decided to dismantle the damaged structure and to construct a new secretariat with earthquake resistant technology and modern amenities.
In his address, the Chief Minister urged the officials to complete office shifting from the current Manan Kendra which serves as the temporary secretariat and other rented premises by January 2, 2019
Commenting on the traffic congestion in Gangtok, the Chief Minister mentioned that it is due to the development of people resulting in more vehicles in the State. He informed that alternative roads are set to be completed over the next two months between Banjhakari Falls and Adampool as well as between Lower Syari and Ranipool. There is a tunnel road being considered for Tathangchen area along with 5 overhead bridges across the national highway in Gangtok, he said.
The various components of the Tashiling Secretariat include the main secretariat building labelled as Block A. Block B is a 7-storeyed building at Nam Nam Press building area along with elevated exit road, widened and extended approach road to Block B from the main gate, protruded public footpath from the main gate to Mines, Minerals and Geology department. The complex also includes bus bay, pedestrian walkways, protective works, gardening and beautification, furniture and drainage system.
Buildings & Housing secretary R.B. Thapa and chief engineer Kuldeep Chettri presented the welcome address and technical report on the project respectively.
 “The damaged Tashiling Secretariat previously had a built up area of 78,600 square feet. After demolition of the previous structure, excavation was carried to a depth of 28 feet from the ground level and deep seated pile foundation are driven to a depth of 50 feet, thus making the structure earthquake resistant. The total built up area of the main secretariat building is 1, 23,900 square feet with a basement parking facility of 94 vehicles along with VIP parking for 20 vehicles on the rear side of the main building,” the department said.
The main secretariat building is equipped with four 16-pax capacity elevator system for general use and a special capsule elevator for the VIPs. A sit-out facility at roof top along with fire alarm system, EPABX system, heating ventilation and air conditioning and closed circuit cameras are some of the additional inputs in the main secretariat building.
Another 5-storeyed annexe block next to the main Secretariat building has a built up area of 41,900 square feet. Two floors in the block are already been allotted to the Health department.


Area: 7096 Sq Km
Capital:Gangtok
Altitude: 5,840 ft
Population: 6.10 Lakhs
Topography: Hilly terrain elevation from 600 ft. to over 28,509 ft above sea level
Climate:
Summer: Max- 21°C ; Min- 13°C
Winter: Max- 13°C ; Min- 0.48°C
Rainfall: 325 cm per annum
Language Spoken: Nepali, Bhutia, Lepcha, Tibetan, English, Hindi